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The Brood X cicadas have risen and fallen, and their young won’t be back for another 17 years. But while birds were feasting on cicadas, oak leaf itch mites arrived to feed on the billions of cicada eggs laid across the Washington, DC region. Unfortunately, these mites have a nasty bite. Larger than a mosquito bite and as itchy as poison ivy, the bites have prompted victims to take to social media to discuss the ugly affliction facing the region.
Doctors say that, although annoying, bite victims have nothing to worry about and can treat the itch with antihistamines and cold compresses and avoid further bites by staying away from locations where the mites reside. “As poetic as it is to sit under an oak tree, this may not be the summer for that,” said Noëlle Sherber, a dermatologist in the District.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This week, the medical journal Lancet published their annual report on health in relation to climate change, subtitling it: “code red for a healthy future.” The report delves beyond the obvious effects of wildfires, hurricanes, and extreme weather events — looking at food security; livelihoods; human physical and mental […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The EPA announced Monday that it will move toward regulating perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — manmade “forever chemicals” — that don’t naturally break down and can contaminate both air and water. These chemicals, found in various household products, from dental floss to nonstick pans, can also be harmful […]
The editors of over 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that climate change is a health issue and that its effects could become “catastrophic” if world leaders don’t do more to address it. The health impacts of climate change include wildfire smoke–which has been linked to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases–and pollutants […]
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